FILMSJUNE 2015

(Hoar 2013) Shet­land: Ep.1 ― Red Bones, Part 1
(Hoar 2013) Shet­land: Ep.2 ― Red Bones, Part 2
(Palmer 2009) Agatha Christie’s Marple: Ep.13 ― A Pock­et­ful Of Rye
(Marks 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.182 ― The Case of the Neb­u­lous Nephew
(McNaughton 1969) Monty Python’s Fly­ing Cir­cus: Ep.10 ― Unti­tled
(Bruce 1984) The Adven­tures of Sher­lock Holmes: Ep.2 ― The Danc­ing Men
(Marks 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.183 ― The Case of the Shifty Shoe­box
(Hibbs 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.184 ― The Case of the Drowsy Mos­quito
(Hibbs 1963) Perry Mason: Ep.185 ― The Case of the Deadly Ver­dict
(Lynch 1984) Dune [Riff­Trax ver­sion] Read more »

First-time listening for June 2015

26985. (Henk Bad­ings) Sym­phony #3
26986. (Wu-Tang Clan) Enter the Wu-Tang
26987. (Real Estate) Days
26988. (Tarun Bhat­tacharya) Hyp­notic San­toor
26989. (Miley Cyrus) Bangerz
26990. (Dinah Wash­ing­ton) Dinah Wash­ing­ton [Verve Jazz Mas­ters #19]
26991. (Louis Arm­strong) “West End Blues”
26992. (Paul White­man & George Gersh­win) “Rhap­sody in Blue” [short ver­sion]
26993. (Fats Waller) “Ain’t Mis­be­havin’” Read more »

READINGJUNE 2015

26068. (Stephen L. Dyson & Robert J. Row­land Jr.) Archae­ol­ogy and His­tory in Sar­dinia:
. . . . . Shep­herds, Sailors, & Con­querors
(Clif­ford D. Simak) Une Chasse Dan­gereuse:
. . . . 26069. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Une chasse dan­gereuse [= The World That Couldn’t Be]
. . . . 26070. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Pour sauver la guerre [= The Civ­i­liza­tion Game]
. . . . 26071. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Plus besoin d’hommes [= How-2]
. . . . 26072. (Clif­ford D. Simak) La planète aux pièges [= Junk­yard] [read in Eng­lish at 233]
. . . . 26073. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Jar­di­nage [= Green Thumb]
. . . . 26074. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Opéra­tion putois [= Oper­a­tion Stinky]
. . . . 26075. (Clif­ford D. Simak) Pro­jet Mastodonte [= Project Mastodon]
26076. (Francesco d’Errico & Mar­ian Van­haeren) Ear­li­est Per­sonal Orna­ments and their
. . . . . Sig­nif­i­cance for the Ori­gin of Lan­guage Debate [arti­cle]
26077. (Christo­pher Stu­art Hen­shilwood & Benoî Dubreuil) Read­ing the Arti­facts: Glean­ing
. . . . . Lan­guage Skills from the Mid­dle Stone Age in South­ern Africa [arti­cle]
26078. (Ian Watts) Red Ochre, Body Paint­ing, and Lan­guage: Inter­pret­ing the Blom­bos Ochre
. . . . . [arti­cle]
26079. (Kris­ten J. Gremil­lion) Ances­tral Appetites — Food in Pre­his­tory
26080. (Rudolf Botha) The­o­ret­i­cal Unde­pin­nings of Infer­ences about Lan­guage Evo­lu­tion: The
. . . . . Syn­tax Used at Blom­bos Cave [arti­cle]
26081. (Alan H. Sim­mons) Stone Age Sailors — Pale­olithic Sea­far­ing in the Mediter­ranean
26082. (Bar­bara Wilkens) Fish­ing in the Ara­bian Sea: A Short Note on the Pre­his­toric Sites
. . . . . RH6 and Ra’s al-Jinz 1 in Oman [arti­cle]
26083. (Richard Rudge­ley) The Lost Civ­i­liza­tions of the Stone Age
26084. (W. Tecum­seh Fitch) Fos­sil Cues to the Evo­lu­tion of Speech [arti­cle]
26085. (Karl C. Diller & Rebecca L. Cann) Evi­dence Against a Genetic-bases Rev­o­lu­tion in
. . . . . Lan­guage 50,000 Years Ago [arti­cle]
26086. (A. Dou­glas Stone) Ein­stein and the Quan­tum
26087. (Arthur Conan Doyle) The Nar­ra­tive of John Smith
26088. (Yolande Stew­art ̶ ed.) My Dear Friend: Let­ters of Louis Hip­polyte LaFontaine &
. . . . . Robert Bor­den
26089. (G. K. Chester­ton) The Invis­i­ble Man [story]
26090. (Camilla Power) Sex­ual Selec­tion Mod­els for the Emer­gence of Sym­bolic
. . . . . Com­mu­ni­ca­tion: Why They Should Be Reversed [arti­cle]
26091. (Wil Roe­broeks & Alexan­der Ver­poorte) A “Language-fee” Expla­na­tion for Dif­fer­ences
. . . . . between the Euro­pean Mid­dle and Upper Pale­olithic Record [arti­cle]
26092. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] Gotta Have Medieval Robots:
. . . . . Medieval Robots: Mech­a­nism, Magic, Nature, and Art by E. R. Tru­itt [review]
26093. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] Grate­ful for Her Fine Fair
. . . . . Dis­count, Tess Coop­er­ates [arti­cle]
26094. (James R. Hur­ford & Dan Dediu) Diver­sity in Lan­guages, Genes, and the Lan­guage
. . . . . Fac­ulty [arti­cle]
26093. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] Ran­dom His­tor­i­cal
. . . . . Obser­va­tions [arti­cle]
26094. (Chris Knight) Lan­guage, Ochre, and the Rule of Law [arti­cle]
26095. (Michael Cysouw & Bernard Com­rie) How Var­ied Typo­log­i­cally Are the Lan­guages of
. . . . . Africa [arti­cle]
26096. (Bonny Sands & Tom Gülde­mann) What Click Lan­guages Can and Can’t Tell Us about
. . . . . Lan­guage Ori­gins [arti­cle]
26097. [2] (Eva Can­terella) Bisex­u­al­ity In the Ancient World
26098. (Peter Gay) The Enlight­en­ment ― An Inter­pre­ta­tion: The Sci­ence of Free­dom
26099. (Ken­neth Bul­mer) No Man’s World
26100. (Poul Ander­son) May­day Orbit
26101. (Arthur Conan Doyle) Dan­ger­ous Work: The Diary of an Arc­tic Adven­ture
26102. (Clive Gam­ble, et al) The Late Glacial Ances­try of Euro­peans [arti­cle]
26103. (Clive Gam­ble) The Anthro­pol­ogy of Deep His­tory [arti­cle]
26104. [2] (Desiderius Eras­mus) The Praise of Folly
26105. (Anna Belfer-Cohen) Prob­lems in Defin­ing a Pre­his­toric Cul­ture: An Exam­ple from the
. . . . . South­ern Lev­ant [arti­cle]
26106. (Ofer Bar-Josef & A. Belfer-Cohen) From Africa to Eura­sia — Early Dis­per­sals [arti­cle]
26107. (Ben­jamin Isakhan) Democ­racy in Ancient Iraq [from Democ­racy in Iraq: His­tory,
. . . . . Pol­i­tics, Dis­course] [excerpt]
26108. (Fred C. Woud­huizen) Etr­uscan Adds Four Hun­dred Years of His­tory to Africa as a
. . . . . Name, Con­cept and a Con­ti­nent [arti­cle]
26109. (The Anh Han, et al) Emer­gence of Coop­er­a­tion via Inten­tion Recog­ni­tion,
. . . . . Com­mit­ment, and Apol­ogy — A Research Sum­mary [arti­cle]
26110. (Åsa Berggren, et al) Revis­it­ing Reflex­ive Archae­ol­ogy at Çatal­höyük: Inte­grat­ing
. . . . . Dig­i­tal and 3D Tech­nolo­gies at the Trowel’s Edge [arti­cle]
26112. (Fred C. Woud­huizen) Review of Luwian Iden­ti­ties by A. Mou­ton, I. Ruther­ford and
. . . . . I. Yakubovich [review]
26113. (David Elk­ing­ton) Roman Min­ing Law [arti­cle]
26114. (Michael Harold Laughy) Rit­ual and Author­ity in Ancient Athens [the­sis]
26115. (Steve Muhlberger) [in blog Muhlberger’s World His­tory] What Would Thomas
. . . . . Jef­fer­son Have Said? [arti­cle]
26116. (Juan Cole) [in blog Informed Com­ment] No, GOP, Bib­li­cal Mar­riage Was Not Between
. . . . . One Man and One Woman [arti­cle]
26117. (Thomas Keneally) A Com­mon­wealth of Thieves — The Improb­a­ble Birth of Aus­tralia

Two Rediscovered Early Books by Conan Doyle

I’ve been read­ing some early works by Arthur Conan Doyle. Some of this mate­r­ial was only redis­cov­ered in recent years.

At the age of twenty, while still in med­ical school in Edin­burgh, he shipped out on a whal­ing ship for six months. The ship went to the remote arc­tic islands of Spitzber­gen [Sval­bard] and Jan Mayen, and Doyle had his twenty-first birth­day on the rim of the polar icepack. This was no tame adven­ture. It was 1880, and Doyle’s ship reached within three degrees of the record point that the British Arc­tic Expe­di­tion had turned back from in 1876. A year later, George DeLong’s Amer­i­can expe­di­tion would per­ish at a sim­i­lar lat­i­tude. The pole would not be reached with cer­tainty until 1926, when Doyle was an old man. Peary and Hen­son, often cred­ited with reach­ing the pole in 1909, are now con­sid­ered doubt­ful. Doyle’s voy­age was on a com­mer­cial whaler and sealer, dri­ven by profit, not glory, but it was cer­tainly a dan­ger­ous and spec­tac­u­lar adven­ture for a book­ish young Scott, and he later wrote that he left as a boy and came back as a man. He kept a diary, quite well writ­ten, but rather terse, and dec­o­rated with his draw­ings. On his return, he became caught up with his exams and his first attempts to build a med­ical prac­tice, and so the diary was for­got­ten. It was not pub­lished until 2012, when it appeared as Dan­ger­ous Work: Diary of an Arc­tic Adven­ture. Read more »

Sunday, June 14, 2015 — Yes, We Have No Savannah

Did early hominins evolve on the savan­nah? Almost any­one who reads works on pale­oan­thro­pol­ogy would say “yes.” I would like to explain why I’m tempted to say “no.”

A long time ago, I was chat­ting with an ornithol­o­gist. We were dis­cussing the Cana­dian province of Saskatchewan, the south­ern third of which con­sists of the clas­sic North Amer­i­can prairie land­scape. I casu­ally referred to some “prairie birds”, includ­ing among them the wil­lett and the killdeer. My friend cor­rected me. “Those aren’t prairie birds at all,” he said. “They live on the river­banks. That’s a totally dif­fer­ent ecosys­tem. It doesn’t mat­ter that it’s only a few hun­dred yards wide and six hun­dred miles long, it’s not the prairie. Dif­fer­ent plants and ani­mals, liv­ing a dif­fer­ent lifestyle.” This was some­thing I hadn’t grasped. The prairies of Saskatchewan sup­port species like the lark bunting, the bobolink, the west­ern mead­owlark, and the sharp-tailed grouse, which all nest, feed and frolic on the grass­lands, and are all bona fide “prairie birds”. Fur­ther to the north, in the great Cana­dian for­est, you will find wood­land species like the black­poll and Ten­nessee war­bler, the pine siskin, and the nuthatch. But the wil­lett and the killdeer live and work in a ripar­ian niche, the com­plex ecosys­tem of river­banks and lake­sides, which is fun­da­men­tally dif­fer­ent from the grass­lands that sur­round them. Read more »

FILMSMAY 2015

(Carey-Hill 2007) Futu­rama: Bender’s Big Score
(Losey 1954) The Sleep­ing Tiger
(Parker 1964) Teen-Age Stran­gler [Mys­tery Sci­ence The­atre ver­sion]
(Tay­lor 2012) Game of Thrones: Ep.12 ― The Night Lands
(Marks 1962) Perry Mason: Ep.159 ― The Case of the Dodg­ing Domino
(Simón 1979) Super­sonic Man [Riff­Trax ver­sion]
(Sakharov 2012) Game of Thrones: Ep.13 ― What Is Dead May Never Die
(Lyon 1962) Perry Mason: Ep.160 ― The Case of the Unsuit­able Uncle
(Miner 1962) Perry Mason: Ep.161 ― The Case of the Stand-In Sis­ter
(Gelb 2011) Jiro Dreams of Sushi Read more »

First-time listening for May 2015

26800. (Sergei Rach­mani­nov) Liturgy of St. John Chry­sis­tom
26801. (Cocteau Twins & Harold Budd) The Moon and the Melodies
26802. (Bohuslav Mar­t­inů) Con­certo #1 for Cello and Orches­tra
26803. (Kendrick Lamar [as K-dot] & Jay Rock) Train­ing Day [mix­tape]
26804. (Suede) Suede
26805. (7oi) Lost Under a Pile
26806. (Jhené Aiko) Sail­ing Soul(s) Read more »

READINGMAY 2015

26025. [2](Mary Shel­ley) Franken­stein, or the Mod­ern Prometheus
26026. (Mrs. Leighton) The Sweet and Touch­ing Tale of Fleur & Blanchefleur, A Medi­ae­val
.… … Leg­end Trans­lated from French [ill. Eleanor Fortes­cue Brick­dale]
26027. (Jean Cabaret d’Orville) La chronique du bon duc Loys de Bour­bon [ed. A.-M.
.… … Chaz­aud, Librairie Renouard 1876]
26028. (Jean Cabaret d’Orville) His­toire de la vie de Louis, duc troisième de Bour­bon [ed. J.-
.… … A.-C. Buchon; in Choix de chroniques et mémoires sur l’histoire de France. Bureau
.… … du Pan­théon Lit­téraire 1861]
26029. (George P. Nicholas) Eco­log­i­cal Lev­el­ing — The Archae­ol­ogy and Envi­ron­men­tal
.… … Dynam­ics of Early Post­glacial Land Use [arti­cle] Read more »

FILMSAPRIL 2015

(Lumet 1962) Long Day’s Jour­ney Into Night
(Giles 1985) Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple: Ep.3 ― A Mur­der Is Announced
(Ulmer 1960) The Amaz­ing Trans­par­ent Man [Mys­tery Sci­ence The­atre ver­sion]
(Mile­stone 1954) They Who Dare
(Gregg 2015) The Nature of Things: S54E25 ― The Norse: An Arc­tic Mys­tery
(Zucker­brot 1996) The Nature of Things: S35E? ― Mar­tin Gard­ner, Math­ema­gi­cian\
(Leiner 2000) Dude, Where’s My Car? Read more »

First-time listening for April 2015

26790. (Yann Tiersen) L’Absente
26791. (Plat­ters) Four Plat­ters and One Lovely, Vol.7
26792. (Char­lie Parker)The Com­plete Small Group Ses­sions, vol.2
26793. (Henk Bad­ings) Con­certo for Harp and Orches­tra
26794. (Diodes) Great­est Hits
26795. (Ali Akbar Khan) Chan­dranadan
26796. (Ali Akbar Khan) Gauri Man­jari
26797. (Ali Akbar Khan) Jogiya Kalin­gra
26798. (Chromeo) Fancy Foot­work
26799. (Wil­son Pick­ett) In the Mid­night Hour